Theme: The beatitudes are the basic Christian ideals for living, not a set of rules to avoid God’s punishment. They aim to raise our vision above the limits of self-interest and gain.
Saint Vincent, deacon and martyr
1st Reading: Isaiah 9:1-3
Isaiah foretells a Saviour for the people who walked in darkness
In the former time God brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the …
Saint Ita, Virgin
1st Reading: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6
God is preparing his people Israel to become a light for all nations
The Lord said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”
And now the …
1st Reading: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7
A courageous servant of God will help others to keep the Covenant
Thus says the Lord:
“Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit …
A very Happy New Year, 2017!
1st Reading: Numbers 6:22-27
A new-year prayer for God to bless and protect his people
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the Israelites: …
50 years ago I was ordained a priest, by archbishop John Charles McQuaid. The half century since 1966 has seen many changes, and challenges too, both in society and in our church, but also many blessings for which to be…
How hard it is for those in authority to tolerate dissent… and people (or “whistle-blowers”) who dare to criticise the powers-that-be can expect to be harshly treated. At great risk to his life, John the Baptist castigated the authorities of …
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A call for homily resources from our readers
The Homily Notes proposed for all of December 2016 are now online. Please see them as draft material to be amended & improved with your help. The Notes can be accessed …